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More than half of the people evacuated from Miyake Island following the eruption of Mount Oyama a year ago are experiencing economic difficulties, according to a recent survey by Kyodo News.

In the survey, the third of its kind, conducted by telephone between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26, 105 of the 200 adult evacuees surveyed — 52.5 percent — said they have little or insufficient income. This was up 17 points from the first survey, in October, and up 10 points from the previous survey, in February.

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